The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Suspense. The death of her older brother, Oren, has only heightened Lo’s obsessive-compulsive tendencies, which now include wandering through “Neverland,” the dangerous neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, where Oren died of a drug overdose. While exploring Neverland one night, Lo narrowly avoids being shot; when she later discovers that she stumbled upon a young woman’s murder, Lo becomes obsessed with finding the girl’s killer. In The Butterfly Clues, debut novelist Kate Ellison offers not only a fast-paced suspense story, but also a realistic portrayal of a heroine with complex issues.
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Thriller. Like Lisbeth Salander of the bestselling adult novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noa Torson is a smart and tough computer hacker. As a runaway teenager, Noa thrives living “off the grid” — until the day she wakes up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there. Noa teams up with fellow hacker Peter to discover what happened to her, but the pair soon becomes the target of a dangerous corporation determined to keep them from exposing its deadly secrets. This action-packed, blood-pumping techno-thriller is the 1st book in the Persefone trilogy.
Erebos: It’s a Game. It Watches You by Ursula Poznanski
Thriller. Like many of the students at his London high school, Nick Dunmore becomes caught up in a complex and completely addictive role-playing computer game called Erebos. But when Erebos requires its players to perform increasingly violent acts in real life, Nick and his friends investigate who is controlling the game — and eventually discover its twisted purpose. This fast-paced cyberthriller, originally published in Germany, will appeal to fans of role-playing games as well as anyone who enjoys a great suspense story.
Double by Jenny Valentine
Thriller. For homeless 16-year-old Chap, the opportunity to impersonate a boy missing for the past two years seems too good to be true. But when Chap, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the long-lost Cassiel Roadnight, joins the Roadnight family, he discovers that his dream life may end as a nightmare. As Chap unravels the family’s secrets, he wonders what really happened to Cassiel — and if the other boy’s fate will soon become his own. This nail-biting thriller offers readers plenty of twists and turns before reaching its surprising — and satisfying — conclusion.